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LENOX, MASSACHUSETTS 01240 



The Trip over the Mohawk Trail 

Through the Berkshires to Bash Bish is One Never Forgotten 




jHETHER a person lives in Maine or California, there must sometime come a desire to see 
the Berkshire Hills, for the fame of this wonderful region has spread far and wide — and well 
it may, for it would be hard to imagine any thing more beautiful than the scenery through- 
out this section. To see the Berkshire Hills, however, means to be overpowered, for one can- 
not travel through the roads which skirt these hills and look on trees, rivers, lakes, undulat- 
ing slopes of marvelous green — and not feel that here is something beyond the power of man 
to reproduce on canvas — beyond the power of writer to pen. 

One beautiful spot after another tells the story of these hills and when one sees them there can be 
little else in one's mind — and for years after, the beauty of these hills linger in the memory; and no matter 
where one goes, there is always a comparison of the scenery with the Berkshires and one always says: "It 
is beautiful but it cannot compare with the Berkshires/' 

Because the scenery of these hills is so wonderful, so overpowering, so impressive, this book has been 
compiled and years after you leave these hills you cannot help having a thrill of pleasure every time you 
look at the following pages and imagine you are again with us in these hills, where Nature left nothing to 
be desired, allowed nothing to mar the perfect beauty of this masterpiece. 

This book is a book of the Berkshire Hills covering those spots which you should see if you would see 
the hills in all their beauty, a book which will be a delight to your friends back home, one which will aid 



you wonderfully when you describe scenes which thrilled you with pleasure, even as they have those who 
have seen the world's most famous spots — and yet found in the Berkshires a wealth of coloring that is 
unequalled anywhere in the world. 

Beautiful as this section is, the interest of the traveler is not confined alone to the beauty of the 
Berkshires. There are historical spots which have a story all their own, places which today have an interest 
for those of all states or countries who come to this garden spot of America. 

In this book we shall take you pictorially from the beginning of the wonderful Mohawk Trail which has 
no equal for scenic beauty, through classical Williamstown, give you a glimpse of North Adams, call to your 
attention the beauties and interesting spots of Pittsfield, the Shire City, and then on down through the 
county where beautiful residences are to be found in Lenox, Stockbridge and Great Barrington. 

You will see these places as you pass through and in years after, when you look at this book, you will 
remember vividly the emotions which you felt when you traveled over these roads and saw scenes that 
are beyond description — scenes which draw people from all parts of the world to see THE WORLD 
FAMOUS BERKSHIRE HILLS. 




One of The Scenic Beauty Spots of The World 



The motorist leaving Boston and taking the road through Lexington may perhaps notice a sign which 
reads "Mohawk Trail" and feel a thrill of delight that at last that famous trail has been reached, the trail 
which is today famous throughout this land. 

It is the Mohawk Trail (the Eastern end of it) for it was over this same road that the Mohawk Indians 
traveled westward in the olden days. The Mohawk Trail, however, holds its greatest interest for the 
motorist more than one hundred miles beyond, for, when one speaks of the trail today, one speaks of that 
road which goes over the Hoosac Mountain starting at the Deerfield River near the town of Florida and 
ending in North Adams. 

Having once traveled over this mountain on the new state road, completed but a short time ago, one 
cannot help remembering this wonderful trail which is distinctly different to any other spot the world 
knows — which is, for scenic beauty, unsurpassed. 

Starting where the river crosses and traveling up and up all the time — over twelve miles of perfect 
roads to the summit, beneath which 1200 feet below, trains travel through the Hoosac tunnel, the motorist 
marvels at every foot for the world seems to have been left behind. 

The river is far below like a tiny silver line, the curving road travels on and on through sections cut 
from solid rock which seem to be at the edge of virgin forests. 

And then comes the summit with its views which simply compel one to think seriously of the work of 
NATURE. All the way up one wonders what will be next, wonders if things could be more impressive — 
and then realizes when the summit has been reached that here is the most wonderful view of all. 

In the next few pages let us take you over the trail from the Deerfield to North Adams, let us show 
you some of the spots which bring motorists from far and near — the trail which once traveled always 
leaves fond memories — and which will ever be a treat in store for those who have yet to enjoy the beauties 
of this remarkable road. 



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MOHAWK TRAIL 

Curving along a Mountain Shel/ 
Overhanging Cold River. 




The college buildings while very beautiful in themselves and most 
interesting to see (they are open and guides will take you through) owe 
much to their surroundings, for a fairer setting for a college could 
hardly be imagined. 

Take the concrete road from North Adams and spend a few hours 
amid the beauties of this college town and see the places which were 
favorite haunts of many men who have since become famous in the 
life of this county. 

On the following pages, we print some of the principal places to 
see — scenes and places which hold much interest for travelers from all 
sections of the country. 



MiUiamsittiton 

The Home of 
Williams College 

As a rule a college 
town is far from interest- 
ing during the summer 
months when the college 
is closed, but in this re- 
spect Williamstown is far 
different for few places can 
compare with this town in 
the hills — the home of Wil- 
liams College. 





In what direction could you go to find so much rest and invigora- 
tion for the mind as among these hills — where could you see anything 
which is more beautiful than the view pictured here — along the Green 
River in Williamstown. 



It would require a volume 
to enumerate all the attrac- 
tions of these wonderful Berk- 
shire Hills, for look where you 
will there are always before 
you supreme beauties of Na- 
ture — and two of Nature's 
masterpieces are these spots — 
the Inner Hopper at Williams- 
town and Torreys Drive. 




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It wouldn't be a New England town if it didn't have a white church- 
and this is the Congregational church of Williamstown. 



Grace Hall and the Haystack 
Monument, two of the interest- 
ing places to visit in Williams- 
town, for both are famous. The 
Haystack Monument marks the 
spot where was founded in 1808, 
the American Board of Foreign 
Missions. 




After the trip over the trail with its many scenes of such great 
beauty, it is always a delight to order a delicious dinner and talk 
over your trip. And nowhere is there a more pleasant place to do 
this than at the Greylock, the delightfully situated hotel in Wil- 
liamstown — a great favorite with tourists. Those who stop at the 





Greylock will find much to 
interest them in Williamstown 
and on these pages are pic- 
tured some of the spots which 
all should see. The college 
buildings, Grace Hall, The 
Haystack Monument, the 
scenes along the Green River 
and many charming rides, all 
help to make Williamstown 
one of the most popular of all 
Berkshire Towns. 



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the Shire City Which Attracts so Many Because 

of Its Beauty 

Pittsfield is a city, a city with throbbing industries which employ people of many races, a city where 
the growth has been rapid and success has come to a great many persons — and yet it is hard to think of 
Pittsfield as a commercial center because of its wonderful beauty. 

Its wide streets with wonderful trees, its lakes that have no rivals for beauty anywhere in the world, 
its beautifully kept lawns — everything about Pittsfield makes you want to stay in it — and you will say as 
all those who see it say: "This is the place to live." Pittsfield is just halfway between Boston and New 
York and from both of these cities it attracts many visitors, while from the far west, people travel many 
hundreds of miles to see this shire city of the Berkshires — the beautiful city in the hills. It is really the 
center of the Berkshires and people stay in this city and make trips through the hills always returning to 
Pittsfield at night for the many activities which are here. To see Pittsfield is to see one of the most beau- 
tifully situated cities in the world, a spot where beautiful hills surround it on every side, within the borders 
of which ponds and lakes of unequalled charm are to be seen and through which brooks and the Housatonic 
River pass, adding a beauty all their own — a beauty which helps to make Pittsfield the beautiful spot it is. 




Somewhere in the world there may be more beautiful lakes, but it would be hard to imagine a more 
beautiful lake in a more beautiful setting than Lake Onota in the western part of Pittsfield. To stand on 
the hill on West Street and look across this lake with Greylock for a back ground, is to look at one of 
Nature's proudest jewels set as only Nature knows how. 




Why people come to the Berkshires 

When such scenes as the one pictured below greet 
the eye no matter which way one may look, is it any 
wonder people travel hundreds of miles to see the 
Berkshire Hills? 



In the Quaint Old Lanesborough 
Cemetery 

When one sees the large boulder which 
marks the last resting place of one who 
was known far and wide as Josh Billings, 
one cannot help feeling that such a resting 
place in the quiet Lanesborough cemetery 
is as Josh wished it. 





A Favorite Lake in Pitts field 



Pittsfield's most popular playground, Pontoosuc 
Lake, has a beauty of its own which would call for many 
expressions of admiration were it not among so many 
other spots as beautiful and even more so. A favorite 
summer resort and not deserted even during the 
Berkshire winters for there are those who love its 
shores all months in the year. 



Balance Rock 

At first glance it seems but a large 
boulder, but the longer one looks, the 
longer one marvels. It is Balance Rock 
and it is so perfectly balanced on such a 
small area that one wonders how it can 
be. See Balance Rock, it is something 
worth remembering. 




Leaving Pittsfield and traveling Southward, brings one to Lenox with its wonderful residences, for it is 
a residential section entirely — one of those beautiful towns which are given over entirely to the joy of living 
and where the smoke of industry is unknown. It is some years since many New Yorkers found this garden 
spot in the hills and soon palatial summer homes sprang up, one after another — each one more beautiful 
than the other. It is to these homes that millionaires from all over the United States come when the 
cool sea breezes are a bit too cool and the wonderful green of the Berkshire Hills changes to the many 
exquisite colorings which make one wonder if anything could be more beautiful. Lenox and its sister 
town of Stockbridge, just beyond, should have some of your time, for it is a delight to travel over the 
different roads and see the homes which are built in these hills which have no equal during the summer 
months and which grow more beautiful as the days shorten and fall comes over the land. 



Upper "Main Street" of Lenox 

Showing Park in 
America's Most Famous Resort 

A perfect village street and one of the best 
known streets in America, for it's Main Street, 
Lenox — and not to have seen Lenox is to have 
missed seeing one of the most famous summer 
resorts in this country. 




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Shadowbrook the largest home in Lenox, built by Anson Phelps Stokes and the home of Andrew Carnegie 
when he died. It was on the beautiful Stockbridge Bowl or Lake Mahkeenac which this palatial residence over- 
looks that Carnegie spent some of his happiest days catching some of the beauties which swam in the lake below 
his home. It is a house of 150 rooms and is situated on the lower road from Lenox to Stockbridge. 



It is no wonder that people 
come year after year to spend 
at least some time at the 
Aspinwall Hotel, for the time 
spent at this beautiful house 
cannot be other than enjoyable. 
Perfect in appointment in every 
way, this beautiful summer 
hotel is so situated that no 
matter which way the eye may 
travel, one sees scenery which 
arrests the attention of even 
the world traveler — scenery 
which impresses one with its 
grandeur and color. 





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As you travel through the Berkshires 
you must be impressed with the beauty of 
the Berkshire streams which go tumbling 
along over rocks, through wooded places, 
always singing their songs of happiness 
as they travel on and toward the large 
waters which eventually reach the sea. 
There are so many of these streams and 



Where Rest the Friendly Indians 

As you may see by the inscription, this stone 
marks the spot where was the ancient burial 
ground of the Stockbridge Indians — Indians who 
were friends of early Stockbridge settlers. 








each one seems to have a beauty 
all its own that to take any par- 
ticular one would be to try and 
place the beauties of one above 
the others — and who is there who 
could say which caused the eye 
more delight or sent more cheerful- 
ness to the soul. 




The trip of trips, the trip of a lifetime, is the one you take to the Berkshire Hills. Your stay in the 
Berkshire's will always leave with you delightful memories, for happy days cannot fail to be yours while you 
are here. To make sure that your stay will be comfortable, you need only to stay at this splendid Summer 
Hotel on Pittsfields main street. Famous for many years as a young ladies' seminary, Maplewood was 
later turned into a summer hotel and for many years this delightful spot with its beautiful shade trees has 
been, for weeks, the home of many who love the Berkshires and who have found in this hotel the ideal 
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There are many picturesque old residences throughout Berkshire County but nowhere is there one 


which makes a prettier picture than this quaint old house on the lower road from Williamstown to Pittsfield. 




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Is it any wonder that strangers who come to Pittsfield desire 
to stay here and make Pittsfield their home when they see such 
streets as this? It is Wendell Avenue, one of Pittsfield's finest 
residential streets. 



Pittsfield offers every kind of scenery you desire 
and this seeming path near the country club is a 
picture of the old road now little used. Its picturesque 
beauty makes it a spot well worth seeing. 





But a few minutes walk from Pittsfield's 
busy streets is this charming spot. It is Spring- 
side Park and the pleasure it gives young and 
old, every day is great. 



See the Berkshires once and you will always have 
a desire to see them again for this section never 
loses it attractions and charm for the visitors. It 
is not a case of one scene that is beautiful, but 
many and it seems as though every direction the 
eyes are turned there is a picture which makes one 
wonder if anything could be more beautiful — such 
a view is the one pictured here, looking from South 
Mountain toward the Pittsfield Country Club. 



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It isn't a picture of a spot in the wilderness— 
simply a picture of the Housatonic River at Elm 
Street. It was at this point that the first mill 
dam was erected so many years ago and many 
residents now living remember the foot bridge 
which crossed the river at this point. 



Going out of Pittsfield on the road toward 
Dalton, one cannot help noticing the building 
pictured here. It is the Government Mill where 
all the paper for the paper money is made and 
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At the Berkshire end of Jacobs Ladder, situated in the town of Lee is Greenock Inn, one of the most 
attractive and comfortable of all Berkshire Hotels. Although an all year house, this hotel is particularly 
attractive to the summer visitor for it is ideally situated amid shade trees and everything is done for the 
comfort and pleasure of its guests. It is right in the center of things and a stop at this hotel means an 
added pleasure to your trip. 




Nature lavishly endowed the Berkshires with 
loveliness and one of her most beautiful roads is 
the one which passes between the willows in 
Stockbridge. 



As you pass on through seemingly endless miles 
of wonderful hills, you will notice spots which 
seem like paintings — places where Nature seems 
to have put forth more than special efforts to make 
a thing of beauty. Such a scene meets the eye 
in Lee, where the river passes the beautiful Sum- 
merside Gardens. 





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ALBANY, N. Y. 

Via New Lebanon, Nassau and Rensselaer 
36 Miles 



CITY HALL PARK on left, hotel on 
right. Go south on South St. with 
trolley. At 0.2 mileage turn right 
onto West Housatonic St. 

SHAKER VILLAGE, MASS. 

NEW LEBANON, N. Y. 

NEW LEBANON CENTRE. 

WEST LEBANON. 

NASSAU. 

EAST GREENBUSH. 

RENSSELAER: Turn left across 
long iron bridge over 1 ludson 
River. 

ALBANY: Turn right with trolley 
along river to Broadway and State 
St. 



MILEAGE 


From 


Between 


Pittsfield 


Towns 


0.0 


0.0 


4.5 


4.5 


10.8 


6.3 


12.2 


1.4 


14.9 


2.7 


23.5 


8.6 


30.8 


7.3 


35.2 


4.4 



36.0 0.8 



GREENFIELD, MASS. 

Via North Adams, Mohawk Trail and Shel- 



burne Falls 
59.2 Miles 



MILEAGE 

From Between 



Pittsfield 
0.0 



Towns 
0.0 



3.3 3.3 



10.8 
15.6 



7.5 
4.8 



CITY HALL PARK on right. Go 
north on North St. with trolley to 
Hospital, turn right onto Tyler St. 

COLTSVILLE: Four corners; meet- 
ing cross trolley; hotel on right, 
turn left. 

CHESHIRE: Straight ahead. 

ADAMS: At square, turn left with 
trolley. 



21.9 6.3 NORTH ADAMS: From Main St. 
turn right up Eagle St., next right 
up Union St. Start climb up Mo- 
hawk Trail. 
41 ,0 19.1 CHARLEMONT. 

SHELBURNE FALLS: Turn left 
across bridge onto Bridge St. 
12.0 SHELBURNE 
6.2 GREENFIELD. 



53.0 
59.2 



NEW YORK CITY 



Via Gt. Barrington, Lakeville, Pawling, 

Tarrytown and Yonkers 

145.5 Miles 



MILEAGE 
From Between 
Pittsfield Towns 

0.0 0.0 



6.6 6.6 



12.7 6.1 
20.2 7.5 



24.0 


J .8 


37.4 


13.4 


39.1 


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3.9 


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9.0 


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3.4 


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5.6 


67.3 


6.3 


75.0 


7.7 


88.3 


13.3 


93.8 


5.5 


97.4 


3.6 



CITY HALL PARK on left, hotel 

on right; go south on South St. 

with trolley. 
LENOX: Turn left at monument 

and next right at stone Church. 
STOCKBRIDGE: Turn left at 

monument in green 
GT. BARRINGTON: Straight 

through with trolley. 
SO. EGREMONT. ' 
SALISBURY, CONN. 
LAKEVILLE. 
MILLERTON, N. Y.; Bear left 

on Main St. 
AMENIA: Straight thru. 
WASSAK 

DOVER PLAINS. 
SO. DOVER. 
PAWLING 
CARME1 

LAKE MAI IOPAC. 
BALDWIN PLACE: Turn right 

at four corners. 



108.9 


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8.6 


121.3 


3.8 


122.0 


0.7 


124.9 


2.9 


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4.4 



145 5 13.0 



K1TCHAWAN: Keep right. 

SCARBORO: Turn left onto 

Broadway 

N. TARRYTOWN: Bear right on 

Broadway. 
TARRYTOWN: Straight thru. 
IRYINGTON. 
DOBBS FERRY. 
HAST I NGS-ON-HUDSON. 
YONKERS: Bear right onto 

Broadway. 
NEW YORK CITY: Columbus 

Circle (Broadway and 59th St.) 



SPRINGFIELD, MASS. 

Via Jacob's Ladder 
54.5 Miles 



CITY HALL PARK on left, hotel 
on right. Go south on South St. 
with trolley. 

LENOX: Left fork at monument. 

LEE: Turn onto Main St. with 
trollcv. Left at Park onto Fuller 

5 r LEE. 

CHESTER: Continue on State 
Road. 

I 11 NTINGTON: Follow trolley. 

Rl SSELL: Turn to right at water- 
ing trough. 

WORONOCO. 

I FIELD: Follow trolley to 
left onto Main St Turn left at 
Park. 

WEST SPRINGFIELD. 

SPRINGFIELD Main St. 



MILEAGE 
From Between 
Pittsfield Towns 


0.0 


0.0 


6.6 

10.5 


6.6 
3.Q 


12.9 

28.1 


2.4 
15.2 


34.8 


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47.0 


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in 


54.0 

54.5 


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0.5 




Great Barrington will tempt you with its 
glorious surroundings and its delightful at- 
mosphere, and the Colonial Inn will tempt 
you to stay in Great Barrington as long as 
possible. It is a hotel which is like a beau- 
tiful country home, an Inn where everything 
is done to make the comfort of the traveler 
possible. 



It is a picture of the Housatonic River near 
Great Barrington and one of the prettiest of scenes 
imaginable. It is flowing slowly as if reluctant to 
leave the Berkshires and the beautiful hills which 
have been its home for many miles. Look for this 
scene, it is worth seeing. 




Could 
Any Place 
Be More 
Beautiful? 



Niagara is impres- 
sive because of its 
size, other falls are 
impressive because 
of their height, but 
Wahconah Falls in 
Dalton must im- 
press you because 
of its wonderful 
beauty and because 
it is suchya charm- 
ing spot. It is one of 
the favorite [spots 
for Berkshire peo- 
ple and others from 
all the world to visit 





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